Salford-born Owens has been based at the BBC’s MediaCityUK site since 2011, and with Caren Davies – the Beeb’s Head of Communications, England – on maternity leave, she’s the corporation’s most senior comms person in the North. She currently leads a team of 10 looking after BBC Sport, BBC Children’s, BBC Learning and BBC Breakfast, and had a busy 2016, overseeing publicity and reactive media relations around the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics and Euro 2016 as well as regular events such as Wimbledon and Sports Personality of the Year. She also helped launch the new CBBC series of The Worst Witch.

In 2017, she will oversee a children’s television summit being held in Manchester and the 80th anniversary of Wimbledon.

Prior to her current role, Owens worked as a communications manager at Manchester United under Phil Townsend. Before that, she spent six years at Lime Pictures in Liverpool following a stint at the ITV press office in Manchester.